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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GILBERT ALLEN, Postmaster, farmer, merchant and coal dealer, Stilson, was born January 29, 1817. He was raised on a farm, and at the age of twenty-one, began farming for himself, continuing for ten years. Then he went to Wisconsin, where he was in the stave and logging business for thirty years. In 1876, he came to Stilson, Cherokee County, Kan., and began farming, trading and operating in coal mines, opening the first shaft at Stilson. He has since raised and sold large amounts of stock (hogs, cattle and sheep). He owns 840 acres of coal lands. He was married to Miss Mary M. Lougee, of Vermont, and has two children living—Alice and Walter, and two, Hattie and Ettie, deceased.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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